Oracle team owner Larry Ellison skipped his company’s conference this week – and who could blame him. Oracle Team USA completed one of the greatest comebacks in sports history with a convincing victory over Emirates Team New Zealand on Wednesday at the 34th America’s Cup. Oracle’s win in a do-or-die finale on San Francisco Bay made the final score 9-8 in the longest and arguably most exciting series in America’s Cup history.
The American crew had to overcome a two-race penalty and an 8-1 deficit. For Emirates, the end came bitterly after nearly three weeks of wild momentum swings and the rival boats bumping and crisscrossing as if they were stock cars.
“It was a fantastic race,” Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill said. “We wouldn’t have had it any other way, coming from behind.”